Pick & Place
SMT (surface mount technology) component placement systems, commonly called pick & place machines or P&Ps, are robotic machines which are used to place surface-mount devices (SMDs) onto a printed circuit board (PCB).
They are used for high speed, high precision placing of broad range of electronic components, like capacitors, resistors,
integrated circuits onto the PCBs which are in turn used in computers, consumer electronics as well as industrial, medical, automotive,
military and telecommunications equipment.
The placement equipment is part of a larger overall machine that carries out specific programmed steps to create a PCB Assembly.
Several sub-systems work together to pick up and correctly place the components onto the PCB. These systems normally use pneumatic suction cups, attached to a plotter-like device to allow the cup to be accurately manipulated in three dimensions.
Additionally, each nozzle can be rotated independently.